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Earlier this week we couldn’t get the car out of the drive, so a couple of days ago as the sun was shining we decided to walk to the village shop along the main road about a mile and a half away. I love seeing the trees looking as though they’re covered in royal icing. This is one in our front garden, so beautiful:
We had only just got onto the road when a car stopped and a voice asked if we wanted a lift. We have only been here a few weeks and haven’t met many people yet, so it was lovely to meet this couple who live just a short distance along the road from us.
They dropped us at the shop and having bought some essentials like milk and potatoes we walked back home. The scenery is stunning round here and I just had to take more snowy photos.
The snow is beginning to thaw today. We dug the car out this morning and can get up to the road, so now we can get out and about! The snow is still thick on the ground in the garden, but the trees are now free of snow.
Whilst searching for a house D and I were near Flodden Field, so of course we just had to go and have a look at it. Flodden Field is near the village of Branxton in Northumberland, a peaceful setting now, but nearly five hundred years ago this was the site of the most famous battles in the borders between the kings of England and Scotland – the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. It was disastrous for the Scots when their King, James IV was killed.
An information board in the little car park next to the field gives many details of the battle.
The field is on a hill overlooking Branxton and there is a steep climb up to the monument. In 1513 the battleground was an undrained boggy morass in which the Scottish troops were knee-deep in mud with more troops coming down the hill behind them, whereas the English troops were on the higher ground with room to manoeuvre.
At the top of the hill there is a monument and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
Below is the village of Branxton.
The wider scene
I haven’t read Flodden 1513: Scotland’s Greatest Defeat Campaign by John Sadler and Stephen Walsh but I think it looks interesting. If you look at it on Amazon you can read a few pages of the opening chapter: The Origins of the Campaign.